December 31st, 2020
Senator Josh Hawley announce to object Electoral College results, forcing a vote to overturn Biden's win
Senator Hawley, on Wednesday, announced that he would object to several states' presidential electors.Congress will certify the election next week.
Hawley’s objection will force the Republicans to vote on whether to reject Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the presidential election or disenfranchise millions of voters.Although, many conservatives and Trump supporters would argue in-line with The Federalist Papers that the Ultimate disenfranchisement has already occurred in the form of massive voter fraud, and congressional objections to the 2020 election results would be corrective. Objections in Congress will be a litmus test of President Trump's supporters versus establishment Republicans, which could define the future of the Republican Party. Morning Consult reported "68% of Republicans say Trump is more in touch with the party’s rank and file than congressional Republicans." His approval numbers outstrip the Republican leadership easily. If the establishment are seen to abandon Trump, we could see a split of the GOP.
As per the law, at least one senator and one House member is needed to force a debate on the matter.Hawley is the first senator to object, joining Rep. Mo Brooks from the House.Eighteen House Republicans have already joined Rep. Brooks in demanding hearings and will likely object. It is presumed that many, if not all of the 126 members who signed Amicus briefs in Texas v. Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan & Pennsylvania will join due to the negligible political cost to them. However, it is unknown how many (if any) Senators will join Hawley in risking the wrath of Leader McConnell.
Along with these two several Republican House members are expected to object to the Electoral College results, which would come next week.Most commentators, historians and politicians know that this objection will not lead anywhere because there are not enough votes in either the House or Senate to alter Biden’s win. Many see this as a ploy to delay the inevitable certification of President-elect Biden in order to please the president and to drum up distrust at the incoming administartion among his supporters.
“I cannot vote to certify the Electoral College results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws," Hawley said in a statement.
Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General, referred Hawley's statement as "another baseless attempt by Trump’s enablers to undermine the will of the people."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also criticized Hawley’s announcement.He is not alone in his opinion. Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, told senators to not contest Biden’s win in the senate and to not delay certification of his victory. Multiple other GOP senators have also told their peers to accept Biden’s triumph. Hawley’s move is seen as a direct reubke of McConnell and others because of their acceptance of Biden’s success in the race. This could signal the end to Maj. Leader McConnell's long political career as Trump supporters have recoiled disgustedly in response to what is viewed as a grave betrayal of not just Trump but the people who elected him. This puts Senators who vote against objection in a bad position "to reveal on record where they really stand on the issue of the Democrat Party’s attempted theft of a Presidential Election."
“The effort by the sitting president of the United States to overturn the results is patently undemocratic," Schumer said."The effort by others to amplify and burnish his ludicrous claims of fraud is equally revolting."